Cody Anderson (6-3, 3.31 ERA) and Kyle Gibson (10-11, 3.96 ERA) take the hill in the second of a four-game series between the Cleveland Indians (77-78) and the Minnesota Twins (81-75) at Progressive Field. The Twins won the last game 4-2 and Minnesota leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 29 and can be seen on STOh and FSN.
Anderson pitched 6.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run and striking out four in a 6-3 win over the Twins. Francisco Lindor (.319, 48 Rs, 11 HRs, 49 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Gibson went 2.2 innings, surrendering six runs, striking out five and walking two in a 6-3 defeat to the Indians in his most recent start. Eddie Rosario (.270, 56 Rs, 12 HRs, 49 RBIs, 11 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Twins, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Cleveland is a -128 favorite against Minnesota and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Indians have an overall money line of -1,291 and a record as the favorite of 51-48. Cleveland is a disappointing 2-5 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Indians are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits at home with an impressive 9.3 per game. As for the pitchers, the Indians are the third-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.19 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Indians, who lead the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.8.
In games where it is the underdog, Minnesota has a 60-59 record and an overall money line of +2,047. They are 26-25 as the underdog against AL Central rivals, and 37-32 SU.
The Twins lead the season series, 10-6. The Indians have a 55-47 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gibson takes the mound. Anderson (RHP) will be on the hill against the Twins, who have a 52-48 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Cle, O/U - Over
The Indians hold a 31-41 record this season against teams in the AL Central Division. The Twins' record in these matchups is 38-32.
The Indians are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Twins have a record of 7-17 when they are struck out that many times or more.
It looks like the Twins have a slight leg up on the Indians, as the Twins have won their last three games while the Indians have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 65-13. The Twins have a 57-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th, Cleveland is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 643 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 680.
Ranking 21st, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 416 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 517.
When the Indians hit at least one home run, they are 58-31, well-matched with the Twins who are 63-35 when hitting one or more homers.